Ask most people about their favourite Christmas memories and they'll likely recall festive moments from their childhood. When you are a child Christmas is the most special time of the year with no school, lots of tasty food, plenty of gifts, family all around you with most of them in the best humour you've seen them in all year! For these reasons Christmas songs for kids tend to be giddy affairs, invoking flights of fancy that don't sound as magical at other times during the year. I mean what is there not to like about like 'Here Comes Santa Claus' by the venerable singing cowboy Gene Autry. This is one of the many funny Christmas songs for kids where all the seriousness of life is drained away and taking its place is pure joyful fantasy. And who better to dish out Christmas fun for children than the Muppets. As you'd expect there is plenty of mayhem as they and John Denver guide us through a ramshackle 'Twelve Days of Christmas'. Equally triumphant are the cast of Sesame Street who add 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' to the long list of fun Christmas songs for kids.
Much like a broken down toy that your children cherish Burl Ives' 'Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer' may be a tad rough around the edges but it is just one of those readymade Christmas songs for kids to sing along to. 'Jingle Bells' is another favourite that has entranced children of all ages over the decades and who better to deliver the classic than one of the Christmas greats Perry Como.
While this playlist focuses mainly on secular Christmas music we couldn't let the occasion pass without including some Christmas carols for kids. And 'O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)' is one of the greats. This carol has its origins as a folk song in 19th century Germany but as the tradition of dressing the Christmas tree grew it took on an altogether more festive meaning. While it may be too contemporary to be awarded the status Aled Jones' 'Walking In The Air' could easily be grouped in with the best known Christmas carols for children. Its natural home is the church choir and choirists Aled Jones (and Peter Auty before him) often included this peaceful hymn in their Christmastime performances.
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